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Support 'A Day Without Immigrants' on May 1, 2017

Submitted 04-25-2017 under OPINION

This Monday, allies and immigrants are asked to strike from work, school, shopping (including gasoline purchases), and to close their businesses on that day in solidarity. In Grand Rapids, people are asked to gather at Garfield Park for a program and a walk toward Calder Plaza.

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Black motorists twice as likely to be pulled over, searched by Grand Rapids police

Submitted 04-20-2017 under NEWS

Discussion of traffic stop study brought representatives of the City, the Grand Rapids Police Department and community members together for five town hall meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18-19, 2017.

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Outcry over police stop, housing funds packs City Commission

Submitted 04-12-2017 under NEWS

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. was packed to overflowing with people sitting in the aisles, standing in the corners and spilling out into the hallway. Concerns over cuts to housing funding and a recent police stop drew the crowd.

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Neighborhood Summit debuts video showcasing record attendance, community participation

Submitted 04-11-2017 under NEWS

This year's Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit on March 4, 2017 grew from four workshops to 17 and hosted almost 400 community members.

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Aquinas College and the need for more LGBTQIA inclusivity: Part two

Submitted 04-07-2017 under NEWS

Aquinas Alumnus: Brittany Devon and Tyler Clark, shared their reactions to the anti-LGBTQIA film and the need for a more inclusive campus for all.

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Mothers of boys stopped at gunpoint by police, 'trying to make change'

Submitted 04-06-2017 under NEWS

The mothers of the 12- to 14-year-old boys who experienced a high-risk police stop with full backup would like community support as they try to create change.

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Aquinas College and the need for more LGBTQIA inclusivity

Submitted 04-04-2017 under NEWS

Last month at Aquinas College, there was a viewing of the film Desire of the Everlasting Hills: an anti-LGBTQIA movie which highlights celibacy as the only appropriate lifestyle for LGBTQIA identifying individuals. This is part 1 of 2 articles on this topic.

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When grown men point loaded weapons at 12-year-old boys, none of us should sleep well at night

Submitted 03-29-2017 under OPINION

If we as a city are to truly fight racism, we must measure the impact, not the intent, of city-sponsored grown men who pointed loaded guns at 12-year-old boys.

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How far will we go to prioritize equity in Grand Rapids?

Submitted 03-24-2017 under OPINION

In a city with a history of systemic bias, how do we build trust? Trust will be a process, but we as citizens can take our leadership seriously when they say no to money with strings attached in the interest of not leaving anyone behind.

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Faces of the Grand Rapids housing crisis: Chanae Jackson

Submitted 03-24-2017 under NEWS

In this five part series, residents of the greater Grand Rapids area share their personal stories of housing insecurity and homelessness. Part 5.

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